VHS students show off their cars
By Alice Zerbini, Reporter
Vashon is a very unique place, whether it be interesting people or fun cars. These are just a few of the unique cars that VHS students drive. Just by taking a look at the school parking lot, there are some very special vehicles.
Senior Christopher Fontina has a 1986 Ford Ranger truck.
“I got it two years ago. Since I was a freshman, I have always wanted an old classic truck. It was my dream vehicle,” he said. “It is very cute and iconic, and I really love the red leather seats.”
Fontina believes that having an old car, though it has its upsides, also has its downsides.
“It’s really slow and I’m a boy that wants to go fast. That’s why I might get a new car,” he said.
Although the truck may not go as fast as Fontina wants, it still holds a lot of memories.
“On my birthday junior year, going from the school to the beach, I fit eight of my friends in my little truck, and we drove around the island and got burgers. We had a great time. My mom tied balloons to the back of the truck so everyone knew it was my birthday,” Fontina said.
Junior Kathryn Kirkpatrick has a red Jeep Wrangler that her family got in 2011.
“Jeeps are really cool American cars that can get you places that you need to be. It feels like wherever you find yourself you can keep going, on dirt roads or mountains,” Kirkpatrick said. “But at the same time, they have really bad gas mileage [and] they are not the most efficient cars.”
The Jeep is also an interest that links two generations.
“My dad likes to take the top and the doors off during the summertime and we drive around. It’s really fun,” Kirkpatrick said.
A Volkswagen Beetle was love at first sight for junior Caitlin Jeffcoat. Her family got the Beetle last year, but the model is from the early 2000s.
“We chose a bug because it’s a cool car. It’s small and cute, plus it was a good price!” Jeffcoat said. “My favorite thing about it is definitely slug-bug, a game in which whenever you see a bug you punch someone.”
Though a Beetle is definitely cute, it is not very comfortable.
“I hate that it has only two doors. It’s really difficult when there are more people” she said. But simultaneously, it is perfect for little road trips with her dog Mac.
Junior Julia Papa drives a 2001 Volkswagen Cabrio.
“My parents got it for my birthday in August. It’s blue but it changes to a beautiful purple in the sun” Papa said. “It has two doors with beige leather seats.”
Though many people do not enjoy driving manuals, Papa has preferred driving a manual car.
“Not many people have a stick shift, but I definitely think that driving one is way more fun,” she said.
Papa had a terrible yet funny experience while driving her Cabrio.
“One time I was driving back from the boat with two friends and we got ice cream, but since the top was down, their ice cream was melting and flying into their face!” she said.